On September 15, Nouri Mahmoud a spokesman for the People’s Protection Units (YPG), announced that the Kurdish group has launched an investigation into the “unfortunate” clashes between its security forces and the Syrian Military Intelligence in the northern Syrian city of al-Qamishli.
“The results of the investigation will be revealed as soon as it will be completed. We call both sides to calm down and take the general interest as a starting point in the search for solutions,” Mahmoud said in a statement released by the YPG’s official website.
The YPG spokesman also acknowledged that the incident created an atmosphere of tension and stress in al-Qamishli and expressed the group’s condolences to the families of the victims.
“As a General Command of the People’s Protection Units, we extend condolences to the families of the victims and express our deep sorrow over what happened,” the statement reads.
According to security forces of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), 7 of its personnel and 11 servicemen of the Syrian Military Intelligence were killed in the clashes which occurred on September 8.
The Syrian Democratic Council (SDC), which is the political wing of the SDF, also regretted the clashes in an official statement. The council even accused “foreign powers” of working to foil the recent talks between it and the Damascus government.
Observers believe that the SDF’s relations with the government supporters in its areas and with some components of the Syrian community were severely damaged as a result of this incident. One of the main reasons is that there was no reason, which may justify the use of force against government servicemen.